Welcome to DHEC

Select the correct agency website below to help you find what you need.


South Carolina Department of Environmental Services (SCDES)

Environmental Roles & Responsibilities:
Bureau of Air Quality, Bureau of Coastal Management, Bureau of Land and Waste Management, Bureau of Water (including DNR’s former hydrology and aquatic nuisance species), and Bureau of Regional Laboratory Services

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South Carolina Department of Public Health (DPH)

Public Health Services:
Birth and death certificates, public health lab, local health departments (family planning, WIC, immunizations, TB treatment, STI and HIV testing and treatment, etc.), communicable disease prevention and control, chronic disease and injury prevention, emergency preparation and response, maternal and child health, community and nutrition services, and community engagement.

Healthcare Quality Improvement:
Hospitals and professionals, EMS, controlled substances, health facilities construction & licensing, nursing homes and assisted living (CRCFs), health care regulations.


South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Retail Food Program, Milk, and Dairy Lab:
Retail food safety (restaurant kitchens, grocery stores, caterers, school cafeterias, some convenience stores and more), dairy and milk, and wholesale bottled water, soft drinks and ice manufacturing.


Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency?

Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.